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Jerseys and any other club gear are now on sale on the Rathnew shop on the O’Neill’s website or just follow the link on our Facebook page
We had no winner of the lotto jackpot on July 29. Numbers: 3, 4, 5, 10.
We had two match 3 Nigel Manley c/o Self, Karen Killeen c/o Ann Keogh.
At the time of writing the jackpot stands at €12,100. Get your tickets from Doyle’s, The Arches, The Village Inn, Rockies, Healy’s Mini Market, View hair & beauty, Malone’s, Dowling’s Butchers and Centra every Friday and Saturday evening. Thanks to everyone who supports our lotto.
Rathnew’s 2019 Kellogg’s Cúl Camp will be taking place on the week starting August 12.
It’s always a brilliant week for the kids so book early on kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie or follow the link on our Facebook page.
The nursery continues every Saturday morning at 11.15 and it’s for all kids aged 3 upwards so feel free to bring your little ones up and give it a try.
The club is running a draw for tickets to both the All Ireland senior football and hurling finals. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5 and are available from any committee member and at Saturday morning coaching.
A massive thanks to Roberta from the Hairy man barbers Wicklow Town on sponsoring a new set of jerseys for the under 13 team ans also to Josh McGettigan for sponsoring new tops for the lads.
Well done to both the under-14 and 16 girls who had championship wins last week.
The under-14s beat Newtown 3-08 to 3-04 while the under-16s beat Vallymount.
The under-12 had their first win in Division 1 beating Baltinglass 3-04 to 0-04. Brilliant stuff from all the girls on the three teams.
Good luck to the ladies team who take on Blessington on Friday night in the championship at home with an 8pm throw in.
Another battling display from the senior team on Saturday evening beating Tinahely 1-11 to 1-10 while playing once again with 14 players for a long period of the match this time only the 50 minutes but the lads still pulled through with Gary Byrnes thunderbolt goal the vital score.
Next up is Hollywood on Sunday 18th at 1pm.
The Intermediate team lost out to Carnew on Friday evening 3-06 to 1-08.
On another day this match could have gone our way but it wasn’t to be.
Next up in the championship is Kilcoole in Newcastle on Friday 16th.
The Junior B team begin their championship campaign on Thursday away to Baltinglass at 8 pm.
The under-11 reds are away to Eire Og on Wednesday at 7pm while the greens are home to Blessington at 7.15. The under 15s are down to play Baltinglass in Ballinakill on Sunday at 6 while the minors are away to An Tochar on Monday at 7.15 with the under 13s playing St. Kevins at home in the championship at 7.30 also on Monday.
Well done to Eoin Doyle, Ross Quinn and the rest of the county under 16 team who defeated Antrim on Saturday in the Gerry Reilly shield semi final and now take on Laois in the final on Saturday 17th.
Everyone in the club wishes Ross O’Brien the very best in what is hopefully a speedy recovery from his nasty injury on Saturday. Knowing Ross in how he looks after himself and gives 100 per cent in everything he does he’ll no doubt be back in no time.
Our adult footballers had a convincing win over Lacken/Kilbride last Saturday in Baltinglass in the Junior A Championship.
This was a welcome return to winning ways after a heavy defeat in the first round of this competition.
Great credit must go to all the players and management team who have put in a huge effort since then to learn and improve from the first game and all their hard work was rewarded last Saturday. Well done to all.
Many thanks to the Baltinglass club for providing us with an alternative set of jerseys at short notice due to a clash of colours on the day, much appreciated.
It has been a difficult year for the Intermediate team so far.
Relegation from the league and two heavy defeats in the first two championship games.
So last Friday the match against Ballymanus gave us a chance to get our season going.
The first half was close. After 20 minutes we were just one point behind but Ballymanus finished off the first half well and went in 0-9 to 0-5 ahead.
We had the aid of a slight breeze In the second half but it didn’t help.
Ballymanus dominated and eventually finished up 1-15 to 0-9 winners.
This eliminates us from the championship and now we have a big challenge ahead.
If we win our last two games we can avoid the relegation play-off.
Lotto – No winner of the €5000 lotto jackpot on Tuesday, July 30. Numbers drawn were: 1, 9, 13, and 25.
Nuala Boothman was the sole winner of Match 3 and bagged herself €300.
Next draw on Tuesday, August 13, for a jackpot of €5,200. Get your tickets from local businesses, players and committee members. €2 each.
Bingo - Next Bingo on Wednesday (today) at 8.15pm sharp in The Avon. Cost €10 includes jackpot and flyer sheets.
Seniors – Well done to the seniors who beat Éire Óg Greystones in round 3 in Aughrim on Sunday on a scoreline of Blessington 2-13 to Eire Og 1-4.
Junior A – The lads were well beaten in Round 2 by Valleymount in Hollywood on Friday last. Final score: Blessington 0-6, Valleymount 2-18. Next up is a home match against Éire Óg Greystones at 6.45pm on Saturday, August 17.
Junior C – Junior Cs start their championship campaign away to St Pat’s on Thursday at 7.30pm. Following that it’s a home game against Donard-The Glen on Thursday, August 15, at 7.30pm.
Physio - Upstairs in the clubhouse this coming week on Wednesday at 7pm. Adults needing full physio appointments MUST go through Pat Molloy and Juvenile through Barry Cotter.
Ladies - Seniors – At home to Baltinglass on Saturday, August 10. TBC.
Juniors – Junior ladies away to Rathnew on Friday at 7.30pm.
Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others - G4M team is looking for new members. If you fancy trying something new and meeting some new people, please come along and try it out.
Under-14s – Under-14 Girls ‘A’ Championship: Blessington 5-28, Bray 2-2.
Well done to the under-14 girls’ blue squad who kickstarted their championship on Tuesday, July 30, with a convincing win at home to Bray.
The girls got off to an excellent start with an exceptional second half display of football.
Who’d have thought our POTM just spent a month away from the pitches with the shift put in - super game Aisling Brennan. Well done girls.
Under-12s – Another great win for our under-12s White team against a strong and determined Kilcoole in a great game.
From the start the girls battled hard and never gave up from back line lead by captain Aoibhinn Daly through to front.
So hard to pick POTM but it goes to the unstoppable Hannah Cunningham & Alanah McNulty. Score 1-7 v 0-4.
Thanks for all the support on the sidelines. Next up Blue team against Baltinglass away on Tuesday, August 6, at 7.30pm. No white training on Tuesday. Under-12 girls at home v St Lawrences on Thursday, August 8, at 7.15pm. Juveniles
Leinster Blitz – Date for the diary. Blessington GAA will host our annual boys’ blitz for under-8, 9, 10, and 11s on Sunday, September 8, with 32 teams taking part from all over Leinster.
Rounders - Blessington GAA are looking at the possibility of starting Rounders teams for juvenile ages (boys & girls).
It’s an official GAA sport and even has own Féile. If any parent is interested in training and attending coaching, please contact Kevin Gilmore on 0872324197.
Wicklow Under-16s - Wicklow GAA’s under-16 footballers recorded their third victory on the bounce overcoming Antrim in the semi-final of the Gerry Reilly Shield in Abbotstown.
They now advance to play Laois in the Shield final which will be played on Saturday, August 17. Wicklow 4-17, Antrim 3-7. Well done to Daniel Cooney, Luke O’Brien and Jack Sargent.
Under-15s - Under-15s at home to Bray on Wednesday (today) at 7.15pm in the second round of the championship.
Wicklow GAA County Under-14 Development Football Squad Update - Squad of approximately 49 players from 19 clubs represented including Blessington. The lads from the club are: Brian Richardson, Finn Behan, Dylan Friel and Sean Ellis.
They started off in February with a block of strength and conditioning (S&C) for six weeks.
Field sessions followed this to prepare for Leinster games. The group have played in four Leinster tournaments so far with one still to play mid-August.
Under-12s – Under-12s at home against St Kevins at 8pm on Wednesday (today).
Under-11s – Under-11 Blue at home against Bray Emmets Blue at 7.15pm on Wednesday (today).
The under-11 boys White away against Rathnew Green on Wednesday at 7.15pm.
Under-9s – Under-9 boys at home against Eadeestown on Friday, August 9, at 7.15pm.
Academy – Blessington GAA Academy will return on Saturday, August 10, at 10am. Hurling Under-7/Under-9s – Go Games at Knockananna on Friday at 6.45pm.
Condolences – Sincere sympathy to Jane Siney and family on the sad passing of her Dad Jack (John) Downey (30/7/19), to Kevin Hamilton and family on the sad passing of his Dad Patrick (Paddy) Hamilton (31/7/19), to Mary Carroll on the passing of her Dad Christy Archbold (1/8/19) to Anthony Murphy and family on the sad passing of his Mam Kathleen (Kitty) Murphy (3/8/19). Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anamacha.
Wicklow GAA Classic Golf Day – Will take place on August 30 in Blainroe Golf Club. Support appreciated.
Clothing Collection ongoing - collecting good quality second-hand clothing suitable for re-use. Please fill as many black bin bags as you can – the more we collect, the more our club receives. If you are unable to bring them to the GAA grounds, we can arrange collection.
Please contact: John Magee Snr 086 871 7483 or Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Thank you for your support.
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If you wish to be on the Blessington GAA Supporters Whats App please text your name to 087 2858375.
The next Hollywood GAA Club Lotto will be held this coming Wednesday 7th August in Tutty’s Bar for a whopping jackpot of €11,000.Tickets on sale at hollywoodgaa.com and from the usual local outlets.
Thanks for your continued support and good luck.
Hollywood’s Cian Tyrrell battles for possession against AGB’s Philip Gleeson during the SFC game in Aughrim.
Wicklow County Chairman Martin Fitzgerald changes the scoreboard between games in Aughrim.